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Average number of days to certify a batch of color additives during the month

Dictionary: The law requires that certain color additives be tested and certified by FDA before they can be used in foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, and pet foods. The Color Certification Program tests each and every batch of these color additives, which come from more than 31 domestic and foreign manufacturers. It is estimated that there is only a two week supply of color between FDA certification laboratories and manufacturers of finished products for purchase by U.S. consumers. FDA continues to strive for accurate and timely testing to ensure that this flow of safe certified color additives is not interrupted.

Information is current as of December 31, 2012.

Fiscal Year - 2011

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TimeTargetNumber
Oct 201054.3
Nov 201053.9
Dec 201054.2
Jan 201154.2
Feb 201154.5
Mar 201154.2
Apr 201155.3
May 201154.4
Jun 201154.2
Jul 201154.1
Aug 201153.8
Sep 201153.7

FY 2011 Overall: 4.2

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Note: The data provided on this website is produced on an ongoing basis for performance management purposes and is subject to change due to updates of preliminary estimates, corrections, or other reasons. In addition, FDA may change the type or amount of data provided on this website at any time. Information marked as "Completed" may include measures and/or key projects for which activities are ongoing but no longer tracked as part of FDA-TRACK.